About Etta D'Elia
An accomplished jazz vocalist with a unique talent for song interpretation Etta D’Elia has made an indelible impression in Perth in the decade since she moved here from her native Italy.
From an early age, it seemed that Etta was naturally theatrical, so much so that by the age of five visiting relatives would pay her money to tell jokes and stories. It wasn’t all for laughs, however, the power of music was also taking hold.
By the age of six, Etta was taking piano lessons, a dedication to a craft that was complemented by her enrolment at The Conservatorio to learn classical voice followed by a Master’s Degree in Music Education.
Etta was honored to sing two times at the Vatican in Rome, both the times being broadcast live on prime RAI1 Television. In 2004, she sang for Pope John Paul II and in 2005, she performed for the show “Notte di Luce” in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.
Her academic focus had been strictly classical but encouraged by a lecturer to branch out musically she discovered a love for jazz and was soon performing with Italian pianist Gianni Lenoci and his jazz quartet, featuring the French double-bass player, Joelle Leandre.
It was the first page of a musical love letter. A truer calling…
In 2012, Etta relocated to Perth and was soon involved with the local music scene, singing at a variety of corporate events, festivals, ceremonies, and live concerts such: Italian National Ball at Pan Pacific, ANZAC dawn service 2015, 2016 and 2018 for the City of Wanneroo, Italian Wine and Food Festival at Town Hall, Mission Australia Christmas Lunch 2015, Lavazza Film Festival, Southwest Multicultural Festival Bunbury, Fremantle Street Art Festival, and Fringe Festival.
In 2014 at Perth Concert Hall, she was performing solo for the "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff. In 2018, she was performing live for Telethon on Channel 7.
Etta has pursued jazz performances all around WA in duos, trios, and quartets at venues such as The Crown, Pan Pacific, Ritz Carlton, Duke Of George, Habitue, The Volstead Lounge, Velour Lounge, Kalamunda Jazz Club, and more.
Singing has always been Etta's biggest passion and she loves to share it with other people! After her academic studies, Etta started learning an American singing method called Estill Voice, attending several courses in Sydney and performing at the International Estill Voice Symposium 2015 in Melbourne.
Etta D'Elia currently teaches voice and piano at St Marks Anglican Community School, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, and in her private studio in Butler.
There are many ways to describe Etta D'Elia's vocal style... Her passion for iconic jazz singers like Peggy Lee, Blossom Dearie, and Natalie Cole contributed to creating a sophisticated, yet soothing tone. Etta’s voice is clear and light, with a touch of sensuality that makes it unequivocally feminine.
Her operatic background allows her to use an extended dynamic range that goes from an intimate whisper to a powerful explosion. Covering 3 octaves, Etta’s vocal range is also quite impressive.
Etta loves to sing songs in 5 different languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and of course...Italian! She often sings Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova, and Latin feels in general (and… yes, she will totally sing Mambo Italiano and That's Amore for you!! )
Etta has twenty years of teaching experience, coaching singers of different ages and ability levels. Her lessons are customized for each student in order to achieve their desired results.
Etta's aim is to make her students aware of their own vocal potential and to provide them the technical support to create their own sound.
“I will teach you how to mix your vocal colors to paint your own masterpiece!”
Different voice qualities for different music styles
Interpretation and stage presence
Sight-reading, ear training, and piano accompaniment
AMEB (singing, Musical Theatre, and Singing for Leisure), Rockschool Vocals, WACE practical examinations, WAAPA auditions, professional auditions
Children (individual or group): 30 minutes focused on discovering music and voice through various activities and games
Adults: 30 or 60 minutes lessons focused on vocal technique, repertoire, and music interpretation
Professional singers: 30 or 60 minutes sessions, tailored vocal coaching to manage and maintain a professional vocal career.